Wow. We leave TOMORROW.
August 27,2003. (5762 conversations in Gabby's recent
past" "So when are you leaving?" asks friend,
curiously and caringly. "August 19th for Chicago and
August 27th we leave for Guatemala" I reply in an automatic but
excited and appreciative response). I remember when it seemed
SO FAR AWAY and now we're spending our last night in the U.S. in a
dorm room in Chicago with two twin beds pushed together and Scott
sleeping in the crack. Yes, he loves me that much! Our room
has been really chilly and because were were too lazy to get
blankets, we're using our fancy, they're-my-new- favorite-accessory
mummy sleeping bags sort of flattened out. It's charming.
I can't even begin to explain what
this whole experience was/is like, but - I'll try. A year and
a half ago this started because Scott said, "Hey wouldn't it be
cool if..." and now our lives are changed forever.
Unfortunately for all of you, I'm in a more contemplative mood
tonight, so please bear with me. Being yuppie-D.I.N.Ks (dual
income no kids), Scott and I were busy coasting through life on easy
steet when God decided we needed a change. And boy, he wasn't
messin' around. It reminds me of one of my favorite quotes,
"I know God won't give me anything I can't handle, I just wish
he didn't trust me so much" - Mother Theresa. Man,
Theresa, you AIN'T LYIN'!
So we've been in Chicago this week,
learning, closing on our house, worshiping, singing, hanging out
with the other volunteers (YAVs) and eating like we are having our
last meal every time we step into the cafeteria. Bye-bye
Body-for-Life, HELLO Bellies! The time here has been both
enriching and scary. There have also been times when I felt
like I been given a headache in a jar. There's so much to process -
cultural awareness, global economies, injustices and the
stories. Wow, the stories...
So tomorrow we leave with a great
responsibility. We become liaisons of the church and soon part
of a new family in faith. We will walk with the people we
meet, learn from them and grow with them. Someone here said
"I am, because we are, because Christ is". What a
great way to express the community we hope to strengthen and the
richness of life we are about to experience.
I am so blessed to be on this
journey with the man I love, with the love for and from all of
you. I'll miss you this year but know, you are in my heart.